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  1. Anyone make their own leather watch straps? Looking for advice on tools and equipment, including templates etc. Looking for recommendations for a reasonable set of tools to get me started and that I can add to or upgrade over time. Just testing the water before I commit and end up buying all the wrong things. All advice and guidance gratefully accepted . Also looking for advice on how long it takes to knock up a middle of the road strap, and how much one could reasonably charge for a generic hand made strap and how much for a bespoke strap? Looked on line and prices range from $50-$250, but (of course) the higher prices you are also paying for the name/brand. Also what kinds of leather should one be looking at or avoiding when starting out... What thickness / type/ grade etc...
  2. Just to start a thread on strap/bracelet selection as this is always something I struggle with - given that a good strap or bracelet can elevate the look of a watch and frame your hard work in the best light and, conversely, a poor choice can make your hard work look cheap and cheesy. I propose we use this thread to get the help of the forum.... more brains to help, how can we fail?! I suggest you post a picture of your finished watch and let the creative juices flow.... can be the naked watch if you don't have any idea or the watch with the optional bracelets/straps you want to pick from.
  3. I need some help finding a replacement strap fro a womans Seiko Watch - it has a single central lug and pinned from the outside in, this seems to be a relatively common setup for womans watches (see below), but I cannot find anywhere to start looking for a replacement (current strap is too short and missing/damaged links). Can anyone point me in the right direction (web link or correct search term) for a replacement strap that would work - not looking for an exact replacement, just one that would fit the watch. See dimensions below (also see annotated picture) The central/internal lug (part of watch case) measures about 3.11 mm The (outside) width of the bracelet where it touches the case os 10 mm The link width at the end is about 5.9mm Like I said not looking for a direct replacement, just something that would work. Thanks
  4. Apologies for the incorrect lingo. My watch is this model: Hugo Boss HB-286-1-14-2893 And some pictures here: https://imgur.com/a/Y9lawhR I do not mind getting some tools myself to to this. And if possible, I would like to know where to buy a replacement back cover and straps, as they are pretty worn out.
  5. I am considering selling leather watch straps, but I have a question before I blindly go ahead and produce a bunch of them. I am wondering if anybody who has worked in the industry for a while can tell me what the most common sizes are of strap pins or lug widths? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Anthony
  6. Happy New Year everyone! I've been working on a lovely old Hudson watch with a Felsa 415 inside. I've got the watch running (first automatic!), but I can't make heads or tails of the watch band. I want to adjust it so that it fits me, but I've only every adjusted the old u-pin style. Is there a trick to these older watch straps or are they not adjustable? I attached a few pictures to help. The only markings on it are "JB Champion" (The JB is in a triangle). Thanks!
  7. I have this Certina watch, and I wanted to ask you guys what's your opinion on combining the watch with this Hirsch Osiris strap: I am waiting for your opinions, and if you don't find it suitable, I'm waiting for suggestions from reputable brands, priced around the 40 EUR mark. Thanks, Alex
  8. Hi there watch repair experts and fans! My first time here so please be gentle with me It concerns the ladies watch you see in the pics and, in particular, its rather unusual metal bracelet strap. I want to make the strap a few links shorter. Normally with metal bracelets it is, of course, all about pushing out the pins, taking out the bits of the bracelet you don't need and then putting it all back together. But THIS one has a weird-looking two-section bracelet which, as far as I can see, is held together by very small screws (?) from each side and no pins involved. Obviously I am wondering what to do to get the pins/screws out. Another thing of course i that I will have to take one link from either side of the bracelet. Anyone seen a bracelet like this before. HOW to do this adjustment?? I hope you can see what you need to in these photos.
  9. Hello there. It's the first time I came across this type of pins in the strap, and although I didn't need to remove the strap I was wondering how to go about it. Is this need to be unscrewed or some sort of other technique?
  10. Hi, I am new to this forum, so if I have posted in the incorrect section my apologies and please feel free to direct me elsewhere.. I am looking for a local reputable watch repair service (independant or national business), I live in Halifax, West Yorkshire UK. I have two watches that I am looking for help with: 1) Fossil watch (similar in appearance to this) the pin has snapped and the small spring section which goes watch body is still in place. I believe it may need to be drilled out? Other wise the strap and watch is in perfect working order. 2) Emporio Armani watch (similar in appearance to this) I have had the watch sometime and I now need a new link adding back in, but I am not able to find the link. Can new links be obtained, or must the strap be replaced? (The strap looks the same as this). Thank you in advance. Gareth
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